About Utah: ‘Thank you for not giving up on me’

Courtesy, Michael Bravo

Springville High School student Michael Bravo, flanked by Utah Transit Authority officers and detectives, displays the Medal of Excellence award given to him by the UTA.

SPRINGVILLE — She stopped answering her phone.

When 17-year-old Michael Bravo heard that deafening shout for distress — and knew he wasn’t in a position to do anything about it on his own — he understood immediately what he had to do.

He called in the cavalry.

He was aware of the risks. His friend might be mad at him — her confidant — for going public with her problem. He might annoy the authorities — and he did, causing one dispatcher to yell at him for repeatedly calling back for updates.

But this was very possibly a life and death decision.

So he punched out 911 on his phone.

And saved a life.

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As much as kids look at their phones these days, Michael didn’t look at his for several hours on a day two months ago in late April. First, he sat in a classroom after school and took a makeup math test; after that he hurried to the soccer field to play in a match for the Springville High School soccer team.

It was already getting toward evening when he came out of the game in the second half and sat down on the…

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